STXfilms has acquired North American distribution rights on STUDIOCANAL and Heyday Films’ upcoming film The Secret Garden, starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters alongside Dixie Egerickx as Mary Lennox.
The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx, Genius, The Little Stranger and A Royal Winter), a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents. When they suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Academy Award and BAFTA-winner Colin Firth – A Single Man, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Bridget Jones’s Baby) on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. There, she begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after meeting her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst – Genius, There She Goes), who has been shut away in a wing of the house. Together, these two damaged, slightly misfit children heal each other through their discovery of a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor. A magical place of adventure that will change their lives forever.
Academy Award nominated and BAFTA-winning Julie Walters (Paddington 1 & 2, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool) plays Mrs. Medlock, the head housekeeper at Misselthwaite, with Amir Wilson (The Kid Who Would Be King) joining the stellar cast as Dickon, alongside Isis Davis (Guilt, Electric Dreams) as Martha.
The Secret Garden is a new take on the classic children’s novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, brought forward to a new time period in 1947 England, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of WW2 in Britain. BAFTA-winning Marc Munden (National Treasure, Utopia) directs this new adaptation, from a screenplay by multiple award-winning Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
“The original Secret Garden novel continues to be beloved by both children and adults around the world,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. “We’re thrilled to partner with STUDIOCANAL and Heyday, who together have worked on some of the most popular and well received family films of the last decade and look forward to bringing a fresh take on this fantastical story to life for audiences around North America.”
“We are delighted to have found the perfect home for the film with STXfilms, and we look forward to US audiences being able to enter the magical world of The Secret Garden,” said Didier Lupfer, CEO of STUDIOCANAL.
David Heyman (Harry Potter franchise, Paddington 1 & 2) and Rosie Alison (Paddington 1 & 2) are producing and Jane Robertson (The Danish Girl, Bridget Jones’s Baby) will co-produce. STXfilms will distribute The Secret Garden in the U.S. and Canada. STX’s Jordan Lichtman and Carolyn Steinmetz negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio with Anna Marsh, EVP of International Distribution and UK Managing Director at STUDIOCANAL.